By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist
UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Zombie was this past week. Let’s get to the rundown.
UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Zombie
GOOD- Thomas Almeida vs. Jonathan Martinez
Both men traded strikes early and often. Martinez did just a bit more throughout the fight and got the decision victory because of it. Good win for Martinez.
GOOD- James Krause vs. Claudio Henrique da Silva
This was another fight primarily fought on the feet, with Krause getting the advantage more often. Silva tried for a few takedowns but couldn’t complete them, as Krause sprawled well. Krause won the decision, good win for him.
GOOD- Jimmy Crute stops Modestas Bukauskas
Crute kneed Bukauskas down low early but he fought through that to continue. It didn’t go well for him, though, as Crute battered him with punches and kicks, staggering him and then finishing him off two minutes into the first round. Good win for Crute.
GOOD- Jessica Andrade stops Katlyn Chookagian
Chookagian got dropped a few times but also got slammed a few times. I’m sure that contributed some to the finish. Andrade kept attacking the body and badly hurt Chookagian. You could tell she was hurt after getting blasted with a powerful right hook to the body, as she winced and backed away. Andrade nailed her with another big right hook to the body and the fight was over just seconds before the end of the first round. Good win for Andrade.
GOOD/BAD- Brian Ortega vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung
At times Zombie looked fairly good, but at other time he looked slow, like he was fighting underwater. Ortega brought it and looked good himself but he’s a good fighter, I don’t think that’s in doubt. He did what he should have. That’s fine, and he deserves credit but I’ve seen some people act surprised that Ortega looked as good as he did. To paraphrase Dennis Green (I believe it was the 14th anniversary of this quote the other day), Ortega is who we thought he was. I could add something about Jung letting him off the hook but that wouldn’t be right because Zombie didn’t look like his usual self the whole fight. There were flashes and Ortega deserves the credit for not letting Zombie get on track, but this wasn’t the guy we’re used to seeing. This was a good win for Ortega as he reasserts himself and should be a force in the division moving forward. This was his first fight in almost two years so credit to him there as well, I didn’t see a whole lot of ring rust.
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